DUI Task Forces will be in Full Swing over the 4th of July Holiday

by Aaron Black • July 03, 2019
Drinking & Driving signThe 4th of July holiday is here and if you are traveling to spend time with family and friends, be aware that DUI Task Forces will be out in full swing looking for impaired drivers.

Celebrate the July 4th holiday safely and remember to pass the keys if you decide to celebrate with drinks no matter how few. The safety of you, your family and innocent bystanders are at risk if you are behind the wheel after drinking even if you’re slightly “buzzed.”

What do the Police look for to detect drunk drivers?

The police will more than likely step up efforts to thwart drinking and driving with extra patrols. A simple miscalculation on your part behind the wheel can lead to being pulled over, and if the officer smells alcohol on your breath even if you have had just a few drinks, this gives them probable cause to arrest you for a DUI.
  • Turning with a wide radius
  • Straddling the center of the lane marker
  • "Appearing to be drunk"
  • Almost striking an object
  • Weaving
  • Driving on other than designated highway
  • Swerving
  • Speed more than 10mph below the speed limit
  • Stopping for no reason in traffic
  • Following too closely
  • Drifting
  • Tires on the lane marker
  • Erratic Braking
  • Driving into oncoming traffic
  • Inconsistent signaling
  • Slow response to traffic signals
  • Stopping inappropriately
  • Turning abruptly or illegally
  • Accelerating of Decelerating rapidly
  • No headlights
As you know, Arizona has some of the most severe penalties for DUI in the country and even a first time DUI can carry some harsh penalties such as jail time and fines.

Consequences of a DUI conviction

Arizona DUI law determines if a conviction is either a misdemeanor or a felony based on the level of a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08 BAC, but higher levels are more serious. A BAC of 0.15 is charged as an extreme DUI, and 0.20 BAC is super extreme DUI.

Felony DUI also can be charged in aggravated circumstances. A class 6 felony, the lowest in this class is charged if the impaired driver had a person younger than 15 in the vehicle. Other more serious charges are levied if the driver had a suspended, revoked, or restricted driver’s license or if the driver was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on the vehicle. Other circumstances are if the driver had a record of other DUI convictions or while intoxicated injured or killed someone or fled the scene of a crash.

Remember, Arizona is a zero-tolerance state meaning that police can arrest you if you’re only “slightly impaired.”

You may be charged with DUI under the following conditions.
  • The government can prove that your Blood Alcohol Concentration was .08% or more within two hours of driving.
     
  • The government can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving a vehicle or in actual physical control of a vehicle and were impaired to the slightest degree, you can be charged. Impaired to the slightest degree in the simplest terms means that you were kind of buzzed.
     
  • Indications of impaired to the slightest degree can include bloodshot, watery eyes, the odor of alcohol on your person, swaying when exiting your vehicle, failing the field sobriety tests and driving slower than the posted speed limit.

What should I do if I’m pulled over for suspicion of a DUI?

  • Immediately ask for an Attorney
     
  • Let the police know that you will not answer any other questions without an Attorney present
     
  • Invoke your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Remember that anything you say may be held against you and incriminating evidence can be used against you should your case go to trial.
DUI offenses in Phoenix can involve complex legal issues, and even worse, more serious charges can be levied against you if a person was injured or killed.

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About the Author

Aaron Black is the founder and sole attorney of the Law Office of Aaron Black. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, his DUI and criminal defense law firm provides legal services to people who have received felony or misdemeanor charges from the state.

Aaron has developed a strong interest in defending people who have been arrested and received criminal charges for driving under the influence. With his professionalism and knowledge of Arizona DUI and criminal law, he has acted as a check and balance on the police, prosecution and courts and has protected a great number of his clients from excessive and unfair sentencing.

Along with DUI defense, Aaron handles a range of other criminal matters, including aggravated assault, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, drug trafficking, fraud defense, insurance fraud, sex crimes and white-collar crime.

After graduating college in 2003 from the University of Arizona, Aaron decided to pursue a law degree. He followed a family long tradition and went to the University of South Dakota School of Law where he pursued his goal of becoming a criminal defense lawyer.

After passing the Arizona and South Dakota bar exams, Aaron joined the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender where he defended hundreds of people charged with serious criminal offenses. His work as a public defender helped him sharpen his litigation skills and gave him a unique insight into the Arizona criminal justice system.

Over the course of his 15-year legal career, Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in both Arizona justice, municipal, state and federal courts. He has argued over 50 jury trials, tried over 100 bench trials and has become one of the highest-rated criminal and DUI defense attorneys in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. He has received a 10/10 rating from the legal directory Avvo because of his legal background and successful case record. Since 2014, he has received the Super Lawyer rating for his work as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.

You can review Aaron’s Attorney Bio page for more information about his background, education and experience as a Phoenix DUI and criminal defense attorney.
 
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